Fred,admit theres been confusion on my part regarding SVO,Ford used it for Special Veichle options,and Special Veichle Operations,two very different things. The only SVO plates id seen on mk1s had been on bullnose V6 vans(Special Operations),looked in nearside door shut and theres a smallish paper sticker with code on it. A long time ago now(30 years) I used to drive a 65Mustang,new ones at the time were SVO's,didnt realize the work van I was driving,a Mk2 swb Transit(BT buzby days) was an SVO too..
Post by bullsintransit on Feb 6, 2017 15:17:36 GMT 1
Well after a lot of misinformation(mostly from Brit run companies such as 'we register any car,spain') and talking to Spanish car enthusiasts at car shows etc,started the process of registering my van onto Spanish plates today,inspection booked for next week.Previously been told this wasn't possible,really fancy visiting the offices of these people with dogs trained to s##t on command,but tbh I'm just glad that it can be done. Getting done via agency that re registered a British car for one of the locals here,he tried for 6 months on his own,but was given the Spanish runaround,found these people and had plates registration within a week,so he's helped me with mine,regarding addressas/translation etc. Only drawback is to register I've got to take out all of camping equip/furniture in back,returnining it to the original config.I got it in,but as I put it all in,it'll be easy to return,lucky now I went the keep appearances/van as original as poss.route,once registered it can all go back in till next ITV(mot). Can't wait,since Sept I've been unable to drive it on road legally,so I've just been running it up to temp and driving it 1/2nd and reverse up and down a longish driveway to keep brakes/tyres etc ok every week with the worry of if it's not possible it,ll have to go looming in the back of my mind and the knowledge that locally( literally 40 mile radius) it's too known to get away with using. Really don't realize how lucky with regards to the registration process,mots,it is in the U.K. at moment,compared to here it's a walk in the park!
Post by bullsintransit on Feb 14, 2017 13:14:36 GMT 1
Looks as all going to be fine hopefully,car inspected and details took,going for 'Historico' classification,takes longer as details have to go off for approval,but advantages are no equivalent to road tax payable and ITV once every five years,also vehicle doesn't have to pass current emmision level test here at ITV.Cheaper insurance too. If it doesn't qualify for historic it's ITV every six months,having to pass emmisions etc,no cheap insurance,and tax. Guy took photos of van after checking originality(original German paperwork helped here as tyres sizes,engine no/type,wheelbase etc tallied up to original docs, also German paperwork for oldtimer classification),all these details go off for checking/ conformation before historic status is given,but after he looked at van etc.he was the one to suggest historic route over conventional registration,which I took as a good sign. Don't mind taking gear out of back if it's once every five years,may feel different if it's every six months. Waiting on the good/bad phone call now....another two weeks of not knowing. On a plus side did 100 miles in it today,first trip since Sept and no problems,happy about that,tis nice driving about in something that makes people point and smile.
Post by bullsintransit on Mar 12, 2017 18:48:35 GMT 1
Having a bit of a song and dance here re registering van,bad news is that guy that was going to sort out paperwork won't be,he's handed papers to local traffic dept,and spoke to local ITV(mot people),who have both recommended the van goes down as historic,but because the van needs to be phisically looked at by the historic dept after registering at traffic dept he can't do this( historic dept offices/workshop are in another town 50 miles from his office,his office is in same town as normal dept of traffic),he' just deals with the paper side of things,not inspections in other towns,taken 3 weeks to get this far🤔. Good news is he's apparently smoothed way at local office,I've got to go with originals of docs copied by him,and some better photos of van( his photo were taken in a car park,front and rear photos ok,but side views were obscured by other cars,apparenltey ok for run of mill normal cars but not as different as van is here)together with ID etc,process there and then wait for appt at historic office to take van there(200 mile round trip),then get issued historic plates,then ITV,so hopefully after a few round trip totaling 300 miles plus it will be registered here,he also waved his fees as he couldn't complete(which until proved different has set alarm bells ringing in my head) So the fun continues,taking a lot longer than anticipated,system here's all chicken/egg,egg/chicken leaving you running around like a headless one.
Post by bullsintransit on Mar 18, 2017 15:04:22 GMT 1
Saga continues,been to local office,they just do a check to make sure vehicles not been registered in Spain before,then to a representative of the Spanish Historic Vehicle assoc(not correct name just a translation),he's took photos,van and my details,which then get passed to historic vechicle institute here,then they come to inspect van( could take it to them,but was told a visit is quicker than an appt)then once ok'd by inspector guy it's back off to registration place,been told today inspection should take place in around a fortnight,but total time likely before vans on road 100% legal will be about 6/8 weeks from today. Had to join Historic Vehicle Asscoc to register van,and have to keep up membership whilst owning/driving historic registered vehicle. 90% sure everything will be ok,just takes time and knowledge of in and outs here,they guy that's helping me brothers in the car game here,he's been coming along also,so I don't think I'm being strung along,turned out today that the Historic assoc.guy had looked at my van at local car show last year,when I asked about condition rating on form,he said to he'd seen it,it's condition one,which was good,makes me think inspection won't be a prob.,also ITV as emmisions will not be strict. Cost wise,end price to register will be €350/400 plus ins.,lot more than U.K.,but here you seem to have to pay each dept for there little bit as you go on.most expensive bits being joining association and inspection,Tax to government comes in at €36 one off payment,insurance is around €150 a year historic(but have to join Historic vechle Accoc,that's €100 1st year,€72 following years) All in all a headache of a process,and not finished yet,but a headache for a bit is a lot better than not having an old Transit anymore(that's what I'm telling myself ATM anyway)
Post by bullsintransit on Mar 24, 2017 13:26:32 GMT 1
In typical fashion for here,one step forward followed by one step back,handed logbook to office for them to check van hasn't been registered here before,just received it back together with papers confirming it hasn't beeen registered,BUT they've transposed a G for a 6 on chassis no so paperwork is useless for next step,so back to office for them to recheck/correct. if I took the phrase 'banging your head against a brick wall'literally I'd have my own demolition company here......
Post by bullsintransit on May 8, 2017 17:27:46 GMT 1
What a difference a day makes!,phone call today,take receipt proof of not being registered to office tomorrow,pick up receipt of registering with historic assoc and arrange date for van to be inspected,not going to hold my breath( dangerously stupid here) but the light at the end of the tunnel just got closer and brighter.
Post by bullsintransit on May 9, 2017 1:24:44 GMT 1
Thanks, Dogs do ok here,Galicias climate is one of the coldest in Spain,Spanish tourists in summer come here to get away from the heat,and feel rain(for real!),saying that it's 70 today,as long as there's shade and water there ok,Atlantic breezes keep it breathable here.
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